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    Obituary: Steve Ettridge, vice president of global merchandising at New Balance


    New Balance has announced the death of Steve Ettridge, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 56 year old, and he had been promoted to the position of vice president of global merchandising in February this year. Ettridge spent 27 years at the Boston-based athletic footwear company, ...

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    Decathlon’s communication director has passed away


    We deeply regret the death on Sept. 5 of Xavier Rivoire, who has been in charge of international communication for Decathlon in the past few years as Decathlon United Media Leader. He was 53 years old. The cause of his death has been described as having been “brutal.” Rivoire joined ...

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    Running legend Ron Hill has passed away


    Ron Hill , the legendary British runner who founded the Ronhill brand of performance sports clothing and one of the greatest marathon runners of all time, died in his hometown of Hyde, Cheshire, England, on May 23. He was 82 years old. In May 2018, he had announced that he ...

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    Influential German retail manager passes away


    Hugo Laumann , a German manager dedicated to the promotion of traditional small and medium-sized independent sporting goods retailers, passed away on April 30 at the age of 92. As its general manager, he helped build up the German sporting goods retailers’ association, VDS , into an organization whose strong ...

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    Vans co-founder passes away


    Paul Van Doren , a co-founder of Vans , has passed away on May 6 at the age of 90, shortly after the publication of his biography, titled “Authentic.” He started as a service boy at a rubber factory at the age of 16. He acquired his independence in 1966 ...

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    Horst Widmann of Puma and FESI has died


    Horst Widmann , a former top executive of Adidas and Puma and a former president of the Federation of the European Sporting goods Industry (FESI) , has passed away. He was 80 years old . The highly diplomatic and kind-hearted executive was elected to lead FESI in 2004 ...

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    Waltraud Lenhart passes away after short severe illness


    Source: Leki Waltraud Lenhart After the tragic plane accident in 2012,in which Klaus Lenhart lost his life, the German family-owned pole specialist Leki has now been hit by another tragedy. After a short and serious illness, Waltraud Lenhart , managing partner of Leki, ...

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    Pierangelo Zanetta, former Shimano executive and EFFTA president, has passed away


    Pierangelo Zanetta , the former managing director of Shimano Europe Fishing Holdings , has died after a long illness. Zanetta was an important figure in the global fishing tackle industry. In 2007, while working at Shimano, he joined the board of the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA) . He ...

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    Ernst Aichinger has passed away


    Ernst Aichinger , a former vice president of the European sporting goods retailers’ federation ( FEDAS ) who contributed to the launch of the annual European Week of Sport , passed away on Jan. 14 at the age of 73. The Austrian business graduate was a retail member of Sport ...

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    Obituary: Pat Doran


    Patricia Doran , a well-known and respected American fashion designer and fashion journalist, has passed away. John Horan , former editor of Sportstyle and current editor of the American edition of Sporting Goods Intelligence , calls her “the first lady of sports fashion.” She began her career in fashion ...

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    Former Zappos head Tony Hsieh dies


    Tony Hsieh , who co-founded , the pioneering American footwear and clothing online retailer, and ran it for about two decades, died at the age of 46 due to complications from injuries sustained in a house fire in New London, Connecticut. Known for his kindness, generosity and a relentless ...

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    ​Roger Pirot, Salomon’s commercial director for 15 years, has died


    Roger Pirot , who served as commercial director at Salomon from 1965 to 1980, has passed away. He was 93 years old. Pirot, who joined Salomon at the age of 38, directly participated in the establishment of Salomon’s subsidiaries in Japan, Switzerland and the U.S. During his tenure, the ...

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    Bob Gore, inventor of Gore-Tex, has died


    Robert W. “Bob” Gore , chairman emeritus of the board of directors of W. L. Gore Associates , died on Sept. 17 at the age of 83. Gore sat on the board of his family’s materials science company for 57 years, 30 of them as chairman, and served ...

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    Josef “Pepi” Fischer is dead


    Josef Fischer , the son of the company founder and owner of Fischer Sports GmbH , died on Aug. 26 at the age of 90. After the passing of his father, Josef Fischer took over the management of the company together with his sister in 1959, when he was not ...

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    A Foot Locker pioneer, Harold Sells, passed away


    Harold Sells , a U.S. executive closely connected with the history of Foot Locker , has died at the age of 92. His career started in 1954 when he opened the first store of Kinney Shoes , a American shoe retail chain that was then bought by Woolworth Corporation , ...

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    Shimano’s chairman emeritus has died


    Yoshizo Shimano , chairman emeritus and former president of his family’s eponymous company, died of chronic heart failure on July 2. He was 85. He was the third son of Shimano’s founder, Shozaburo Shimano , and joined what was then called Shimano Industrial in 1958. Yoshizo Shimano will doubtless ...

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    Frank Dassler has passed away


    Frank A. Dassler , a member of the family that founded Puma and Adidas in 1948 and 1949, died of a long and severe illness in Hamburg on June 20, six days after his 64th birthday. His passing closes an important chapter in the history of the sporting ...

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    Rossignol’s spiritual father has passed away


    Laurent Boix-Vives , a great gentleman, a visionary and a relentless entrepreneur who made a major contribution to the development of the snow sports sector, passed away on June 18 at the age of 93. He ran the Rossignol Group for nearly 50 years, building it into the world’s ...

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    Manuel "Manolo" Freixas is dead


    Manuel Freixas , an influential publisher in the Spanish sporting goods sector, passed away on May 30, following a long illness. He was 68 years old. Back in 1982, after working for a magazine called Turisport , Freixas co-founded Diffusion Sport , which remained for many years the only ...

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    Pascal Aymar has passed away


    Pascal Aymar , a well-known and influential figure in the sports and outdoor sector, passed away on May 6 due to a heart attack. Based in the region of Annecy, the 63-year-old Frenchman was active lately as a consultant, as a vice president of the Outdoor Sports Valley (OSV) , ...